Rockharz Open Air

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Location: Ballenstedt, Germany Birth: 1993 Run: 20 times Status: active  
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Rockharz Open Air is a metal festival that has been going since 1994 near the town of Harz. In the very beginning it attracted just about 100 visitors, but it’s a huge event with lots of bands, lots of people and – oh yeah – lots of fun. The festival area is located at the local Ballenstedt airport (Flugplatz Ballenstedt). It has 2 big stages with the acts playing strictly one after another so you wouldn’t miss anything.

In 1993 the Verein Rock und Kultur am Harz e.V. has founded a festival they called “Rock gegen Rechts” (can be translated as “Rock vs. nazis”). The place was Stadthalle Osterode and almost 1400 people were there. Next year the event went outside and became a real open air festival. In 1996 such bands as GUANO APES, THE ATMOSFEAR, HUNGERSTRIKE, WASTELAND, CATTY CARESS and TALLIAN GRAY played and the first camping tents were noticed. 1997 gathered about 2500 people and presented 17 bands, like SPEAK’N’FISH, McDOORS, SILENT HECTIC, WILD THING and RAW.

In 2000 a co-operation of Rockharz with the Europ?ischen Jugendcamp was made. Until 2001 the event was a kind of wild mix of metal bands such as EATEN BY SHEIKS, PUSSY BOX and PERFECT, with the cover-bands of KISS, IRON MAIDEN, U2 and even THE BEATLES. 2001 became the first Rockharz year as a metal / dark rock / new German metal festival. The 2nd stage was rapidly added in 2002 to host the performances of SCHANDMAUL, MILA MAR, END OF GREEN and JBO.

During a few previous years Rockharz Open Air grew up as a big 3-day metal event with a lot of young, well-known and worldwide-famous acts: ATROCITY, KRYPTERIA, CLAWFINGER, IN EXTREMO, ASP, OOMPH!, SUBWAY TO SALLY, AFTER FOREVER, KREATOR, LAKE OF TEARS, RAGE, ALESTORM, AMON AMARTH, LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE, WITHIN TEMPTATION, SODOM, ARCH ENEMY, DARK TRANQUILLITY, EPICA, GRAVE DIGGER, FIDDLER’S GREEN, KORPIKLAANI, MOONSPELL, W.A.S.P., DORO, EISBRECHER, ENSIFERUM, MONO INC., VADER, VAN CANTO, VARG, AMORPHIS, HAMMERFALL, TARJA TURUNEN, U.D.O., BLIND GUARDIAN, DEATHSTARS, LACUNA COIL, PAIN, PARADISE LOST and others.

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Web-site

http://www.rockharz-festival.com

Accommodation

You can rent a room in one of just a few Ballenstedt’s little hotels, but this option is limited and in the most cases you have to stay at the festival’s camping place.

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Transport

The ROCKHARZ is placed in 06493 Ballenstedt, Asmusstedt 13, Germany.
The next Airport is located in Hanover/Germany and you can travel from Hanover by train to Quedlinburg. From the station in Quedlinburg a bus-service to Ballenstedt is available.

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